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Each year, thousands of students successfully transfer from NOVA to George Mason University. NOVA works closely with Mason to offer students a seamless transfer process.

Key Mason Resources

Mason Office of Admissions
Transfer information sessions are offered each fall and spring semester for prospective transfer students and start promptly at posted times. These sessions provide students with information about the procedure for applying as a transfer student and will help to ease the transfer process. Find out freshman and transfer application deadlines.

Mason Office of Admissions, Transfer Admission
Each year Mason enrolls approximately 3,000 talented transfer students from all over the world who have demonstrated success in their post-secondary academic work and present a richness of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographic origins.  Students who have graduated from high school and subsequently completed course work at a regionally accredited college or university are considered transfer applicants. The Admissions Committee considers each transfer application individually and reviews all grades received in courses attempted, including completion of college-level composition and mathematics courses. A cumulative GPA is calculated for all previous college work attempted when a student has attended more than one college or university.

Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions
Want to learn more about transferring to George Mason University? The Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transitions (CAART's) website is a great resource for prospective students! The transfer student page on our website is a great way to find specific information that will be helpful as you consider Mason’s before and during the application process: http://advising.gmu.edu/transfer-students/. Once admitted to George Mason University, The Academic Advisors in the Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transitions work with undeclared students.

Additionally, Mason has created Mason Enrollment Central to better serve our students by providing many enrollment resources in one location (transfer admissions, financial aid, student accounts, and Registrar). Here is a brief description of that office for you to consider adding to your transferring to Mason page:

Mason Enrollment Central
The mission of Mason Enrollment Central (Mason EC) is to provide comprehensive, coordinated and efficient delivery of enrollment services to prospective and matriculating students. The transfer student page on Mason EC's website is a great way to find information that will be helpful as you consider Mason’s before and during the application process. You may also visit our Fairfax campus location Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm on the ground level of Student Union 1. Or you could visit our location on the Sci-Tech campus in Manassas from 10 am to 6 pm on the ground level of Bull Run Hall.

Mason Course Equivalency Search Engine
This database contains courses that have been evaluated to offer transfer equivalency at the University, including all courses from the Virginia Community College System. Please note that this database is dynamic; we are constantly updating course equivalency data. While this data is as accurate and current as possible, the University retains the right to revise a transfer credit evaluation at any time. This information is not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the University.

Mason Guaranteed Admission Agreement Frequently Asked Questions

Mason General Education Requirement Choices for Transfer Students

Special Mason Opportunities

Bachelor of Individualized Studies Program
The bachelor of individualized study (BIS) may be for you. The BIS program offers you a distinctive opportunity to complete your degree. BIS has a flexible curriculum: As a BIS student you create an interdisciplinary concentration to meet your own educational needs.

Mason School of Management Dean’s Admit Program
The Dean's Admit Program is a new program that began in fall 2005. Students admitted to the Mason School of Management under the Dean’s Admit Program are granted BS status immediately upon acceptance into George Mason University. Also, students accepted into the Dean's Admit Program are eligible to be considered for a $2,000 scholarship (maximum of $1,000 per semester) from the School of Management. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program
The Pathway Program is a group of education institutions in Northern Virginia -- K-12 public schools, Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University -- that provide a network of support for the students in the program. The program's goal is to improve college access and success for underrepresented students in higher education living in Northern Virginia. Admission to the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program is selective and open to high school seniors at participating public high schools in Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
A college course designed to produce students with the necessary skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

Mason Transfer Guides

In alphabetical order, these advising sheets show the recommended program of study for students planning to obtain a transfer-oriented Associate degree and transfer to George Mason University in a specific major. Not all Mason majors are available in the advising sheets. To see the list of all majors, go to Academic Programs. The University offers more than 80 degree programs.

Transfer Advising Guide Sheets